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Isha Johansen

Passionate about football, women's empowerment, integrity and good governance.

Isha Johansen currently serves as President of the Sierra Leonean Football Association. She is the only female president of a football association in Africa, and one of only two female FA presidents in the world. She credits her father’s passion for the sport as her inspiration and the start of her lifelong involvement in football. In 2004 she founded the internationally successful youth team - FC Johansen, raising orphans and displaced kids from the civil war in her country combining education and football as a tool to re engage the kids back into society. FC Johansen rose to become unquestionably the countries most successful Premier League club with national and international accolades and recognition. She is a vocal advocate for good governance in the sport and is the first female FA President in Sierra Leone. Isha was also the first woman to serve on FIFA’s Security and Integrity Committee. She currently serves in the Fifa Members Association Committee, and is the first female to be elected as a CAF (Confederation of African Football Federations) and is President of the CAF Womens Committee. Drawing upon her own experience in the football industry, she has launched Power Play Africa - an initiative to advance the status of women and girls in Africa giving them "a voice through football"

Humanity Embraced Through The Power Of Football

For my Jordan experience (as I fondly now refer to it as) reaffirmed what I have always felt. That there are two types of people in this world: those who make history, and those who are part of making history. Similarly in the world of football, there are two types of people: Those who love the game, and those who use it to change lives.
28/10/2016 09:36 BST